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Infection Biology (Microbiology Specialism) MSc

Infection Biology (Microbiology Specialism) MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Microbiology Biology (General) Infection Control: Awareness

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Course Summary

Growing resistance to antibiotics poses a grave threat to human health and developing novel strategies to combat bacterial infections is one of this century’s most important scientific challenges. Microbiology at the Institute of Infection, Immunology and Inflammation is focused on a molecular understanding bacterial pathogenesis and utilising this to develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections. Through a specialism in microbiology, students will be able to pursue careers developing new medicines, tackling diseases and improving the environment. We have expertise in areas of both medical and veterinary microbiology covering a wide range of topics related to understanding the pathogenesis of infectious disease and the development of new and improved vaccines and therapeutics.

This MSc in Infection Biology provides access to a combination of highly specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting edge in vitro and in vivo research facilities for biological imaging, high content screening microscopy, and a state of the art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and the integration of data sets with bioinformatics. This MSc Infection Biology integrates infection biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques, and offers breadth in covering bacteria, viruses and parasites. This course provides excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, and with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

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Full time


12 months

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Omic Technologies for the Biomedical Sciences: From Genomics to Metabolomics - Core
Molecular Research Skills - Core
Infection Biology Research Project (Microbiology) - Core
Designing a Research Project: Biomedical Research Methodology - Core
Host-Pathogen interactions and Immune Responses to Infection - Core

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Entry requirements

Students should have at least a Second-class Honours degree or equivalent in biomedical science or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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